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Blood C - The Last Dark
Blood C - The Last Dark
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: 0.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another "Blood (insert whatever here)" Cash Cow., 24 May 2014
This review is from: Blood C - The Last Dark (DVD)
What can be said about this? This franchise was never meant to be a franchise in the first place, but in spite of all that Clamp, and Production I.G. did a excellant job of creating the animation CGi and drawings, too bad they had to do it on such a weak convoluted story suffering from too many plot holes and unanswered questions with an ending that was such a blatant rush job that I presumed the money was running out sooner than they thought. The original "Blood, The Last Vampire" movie, though had cinema showings, was basically a stand alone, 45 minute promo show reel to highlight Production I.G.'s new 3DCGi investments back then for any producer, creator with a good story and a good budget to utilse their "New toys". that's all. But because it turned out to be such a boxoffice success that it had the later alternate stories to cash in on that success, but alternate stories because there was nothing before it to go on like a running manga, or TV series. So five stars for the brilliant animation minus 2 stars for crappy story. Good anime for a rainy weekend, but nought else.

Only Yesterday [DVD]
Only Yesterday [DVD]
Dvd ~ Isao Takahata
Price: 9.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of falling teardrops, 21 Jan 2013
This review is from: Only Yesterday [DVD] (DVD)
This literal translation of the original Japanese title is so appropriate for this movie. The flashes back and forth tell two stories of how one's childhood affects one's adulthood by the consequences of choices made. However the ending of this animated movie is nothing like anything I've seen in live action still yet, and had me, a grown man, a blubbering mess at the close, but not tears of sadness, but tears of joy. I'm even watering up just typing this about it. A hidden gem not to be missed.

Arrietty  [DVD]
Arrietty [DVD]
Dvd ~ Saoirse Ronan
Price: 15.97

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Oscar Winning Brilliance, Absolutely Stunning!, 29 Jan 2012
This review is from: Arrietty [DVD] (DVD)
Studio Ghibli is renown for quality animations, and Arrietty is yet the latest addition that doesn't deminish that reputation one bit, in fact it shines it even more brightly. The detail, colours, movements. The story and the stunning way it's told are absolute quality. The music! Oh! The music is spot on for this. Cécile Corbel is now one of my faverite singers next to Hatsune Miku. A must see, and hear, by yourself, or with all the family. The voice acting and talent chosen was just perfect to my ears in both English dub and original Japanese. I still chuckle at being called a "human bean" in the subtitles. My heart was plucked with every pluck of the harp and Cécile's angelic voice. Be sure to have a large box of tissues for everyone's tears of joy and sadness. A shame this could not be nominated for an Oscar this year as it certainly deserves it in my vote.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [DVD] [2006]
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Mamoru Hosoda
Price: 4.15

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Not By The Creators Of Spirited Away", 23 July 2009
First off I don't know why there is a sticker saying "By The Creators Of Spirited Away" on this DVD, but it was never "created" at Studio Ghibli, the real creators of Spirited Away. This was created by Madhouse Studios, but the art director did some work for Ghibli so in actuality it should say "By the Art Director who drew the backgound art for Spirited Away". Now that that has been cleared up, however, not surprisingly this looks like it "could" have been created by Studio Ghibli as it fits in well with their style. It is a good analysis of what could happen if we could go back and change things that had any important life changing affect to our lives. This has won many of the same awards that Spirited Away has won, except the Oscar, and rightly so. This production is first rate, with brilliant colours, beautiful details, and beautiful music to flow with it.
This is yet another example of an animation that causes you to not notice it's animated, because of the depth of the story and plot, excellently presented. That's the magic of good anime.

Macross: Do You Remember Love? [VHS]
Macross: Do You Remember Love? [VHS]

5.0 out of 5 stars A diamond classic of what Japanese anime is all about., 9 May 2009
It there is one old VHS that needs a DVD remaster, it's this one. This is a Blue Diamond amongst anime. If you have this on VHS, you are blessed.

Le Portrait De Petite Cossette [DVD]
Le Portrait De Petite Cossette [DVD]
Dvd ~ Akiyuki Shinbo

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gob Smacked!, 28 Feb 2007
What an amazing experience this was! A right rollercoaster ride of emotions, together with the music by Yuki Kajiura,(Noir, Aquarian Age, .hack//sign), I was emotionally exhausted at the end of last episode and my eye's were swollen. I can not recomment this highly enough, but I must warn you, if you're a bit delicate and are squeemish about blood, and awful, you might want to skip this one. Rated 15, it's not for kids. But if you want to see a Gothic Lolita ghost story that's more of a heart wrenching love story, this is one not to miss. The art work is done by the same persons what did "Naruto" and "Serial Experiment Lain," so even though the mood is dark the colours are vibrant to the atmosphere. The character designs are like nothing I've seen in an anime yet and a refreshing experience alone. The music is still ringing in my mind just like it did with "Noir", and I've already imported the soundtrack from the States as it's nowhere here, and I can't wait. This is yet another one to see before you die.

This anime also has a manga (printed comic) with the same title, that is at 2 volumes sofar. Recommended also.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blame it on the anime TV series "Gunslinger Girl", 30 Mar 2006
This review is from: Hate (Audio CD)
Yes anime has done it to me again. Opened yet another unknown door to brilliant visual and music treasures. The opening theme of "The Light Before We Land" has blessed my ears with such melancholy richness that I had to buy the album. Though the title "Hate" is a bit grimacing, don't be put off by it. The music is more about being on the receiving end of the emotion than the perpetrator. That's why this music fits so well with the anime. "The girl has a mechanical body, but she is still an adolescent child". Check out both and the door will be opened for you too.


1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but don't buy it for Canter Per Me, or Salva Nos., 19 Oct 2004
This review is from: Fiction (Audio CD)
This is a great CD of Ms Kajiura's other pieces. It has a lovely Celtic sound to it except for Canter Per Me, and Salva Nos. These two tracks on this CD are re-mixes of her brilliant originals she composed for the anime "Noir" which the soundtrack for is available here. Some remixes work, some don't. These fall into the latter.
If you like the Celtic sound of the other tracks and you want more of a similar sound, I suggest anything from "The Corrs", or "Clannad", or Clannad's lead singer gone solo, "Maire Brennen". You won't be disappointed.

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